So, Number Ones was the theme of the evening as the Top 8 treated us to an array of their favorite hit songs. Do you spot a future Number One hit-maker amongst this bunch? Of course you do! If you want them to find top-spot success, then don't forget to vote for your favorite tonight via Phone, Text, Online, or THE XTRA FACTOR APP.
Before we get to how the night want down onstage, we want to point you to the Pepsi Challenge where YOU, the fans, get to choose the songs the Top 6 acts will perform on next week's performance show on WED DEC 5. To choose their songs, click here.
Let's take a look at how it all went down...
Diamond White: Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody": Little D showed off her spunky fun side tonight and the judges were a bit mixed. L.A. Reid gave her an "A for effort" but a "B for execution." Demi Lovato liked that she had fun, but wants to see "her bring more to it." Simon Cowell disagreed with Demi (shocker!), saying, "You hit the right notes at the right time." Of course, mentor Britney Spears loved it. "I am so proud of you. I would dance with you any day."
Vino Alan: Hall & Oates' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling": Wow, L.A.'s a tough mentor! He wasn't happy at rehearsal, with the song choice, or with the fact that Vino's stoked to be No. 3. So, how did the V man do? Three out of four judges said...Not so much! "It's the same thing each week with you," said Britney. "I wasn't totally entertained," said Demi. "Simon thought, "I literally at the halfway point thought this has just got to end." L.A. "completely, completely" disagreed with them.
Paige Thomas: Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up": A new Paige emerged tonight with more stripped down attire and a friendly performance. But, did not taking Demi's advice pay off? "It definitely paid off," said Simon, who also loved her new look. "That was by far your very best performance yet," said L.A. Britney thought it was a risk worth taking. Demi said it was a collaborative effort and got into it with Simon a bit. Meow!
Fifth Harmony: Kelly Clarkson's "What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)": After a heart-breaking segment on Ally Brooke's tearful reaction to her grandfather passing away, the group pulled it together for a very strong performance. "I wanted ground-breaking. I thought it was good," said L.A. to a booing audience. "Girl power," said Britney, in part. Demi thought it was one of their best performances, but the energy got sucked out because they just stood there. Ouch! Of course, Simon thought they were fab. "What a fantastic, fantastic performance you just gave," he said.
Carly Rose Sonenclar: Adele's "Rolling in the Deep": Britney's right, Carly Rose raised the bar big time by taking on the great Adele. The judges were beside themselves. "Even your second best is better than everybody's first best," said L.A. "Carly, I'm not even your mentor and I feel proud of you," said Demi. "I though the first half of the song was good. I thought the second half of the song was sensational," said Simon, who joked that she may have to be eliminated from the competition because aliens aren't allowed to compete.
Tate Stevens: Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You": Switching it up a bit from serious and somber to energetic and fun, Tate shook his booty a bit and even whipped out his...guitar! All four judges loved it. Demi loves how he dedicates his songs to his wife. "One day when I get married, I want my husband to love me as much as you love your wife," she said, to which Simon quipped, "That might be a tall order." Simon's only criticism? "Don't dance," he said. L.A. was proud.
CeCe Frey: Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade": CeCe came out guns a-blazing in a fluffy, pastel, Marie Antoinette-inspired outfit with matching back-up dancers for her biggest performance so far. Is the old CeCe back? Two out of four judges thought so. Britney thought she "stepped it up a notch." Demi was proud. Simon said it was too much. "I felt like I'd eaten 62 portions of chocolate cake," he said, adding that he only wanted a slice. "My advice tonight is pack a suitcase," added Simon.
Emblem3: Smash Mouth's "I'm a Believer": Big showdown at the judges' table, once again between Simon and Demi. "I would sign you...because you have the X factor," said L.A. "I'm a believer in you guys but I didn't really like your song," said Britney. "I gotta agree. I just don't understand what Simon is doing with you guys," said Demi. "I don't think that this is genuine at all." Simon schooled her saying he's sold 300 million records. The band even snapped back telling her to wait until next week when they bring out their instruments and original music!
Tune in THU NOV 29 at 8/7c on FOX to find out which TWO acts go home and for live performances by Alicia Keys and Season 1 runner-up Josh Krajcik.